Prior to UFC 193, I’m sure there were many folks who were calling for Mark Hunt to hang up the gloves.
I’ll admit that I hoped the “Super Samoan” would consider retirement after his loss to Stipe Miocic earlier this year. When the UFC booked the rematch between Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for last Saturday’s UFC 193, I was excited. At least Hunt would get one last crack against Silva in what was hopefully a repeat of their five-round war in 2013.
Fans didn’t get a five-round war. Instead we watched as Hunt finished Silva in less than four minutes. Hunt snapped a two-fight losing streak and kept his spot on the UFC roster, at least for one more fight.
With a K-1 World Grand Prix title under his belt, Hunt came into MMA with some great striking, but his grappling – specifically his take down defense – has come leaps and bounds.
Hunt as proven time and time again that he can hang with the top fighters in the octagon. If he’s able to continue to compete at a high level, he’ll be a top 10 fighter for awhile. Will he have a run at a title? Probably not, but he’ll always be in the mix and a go-to guy for the UFC if they need someone to fight at the last minute.